Acquired: Undrafted Free Agent, 2011
Ranking History: #166, 2011
Signed just before the 2011 season, Gonzalez debuted with a .255/.387/.318 line in the Venezuelan Summer League later that year. He popped 12 doubles and one home run in 68 games.
Playing the 2012 season at 18-years old, Gonzalez hit .243 in the Gulf Coast League with more walks (22) than strikeouts (20). He struggled to show any pop, hitting just five doubles and one triple in 39 games.
Built similarly to fellow shortstop Eugenio Suarez, Gonzalez has a small, wiry frame with good strength for his age. He has good athleticism and some physical projection remaining. He has an abundance of confidence on the field and looks to be having fun at all times.
Defensively, he has true shortstop tools. His first step is excellent thanks to quick feet and average speed. He moves well to both sides and shows at least above-average range. His feet and actions work well on the pivot and he turns a pretty slick double play. His arm is a legit plus tool and plays well on the left side of the infield.
Gonzalez plays out of control much of the time. He is extremely aggressive in the field and at times he appears to be moving too quickly for his own good. He typically has good balance but his wild style of play leaves him off balance at times. His tools should play as a potential plus defender but he will have to slow the game down and stay within himself to pull it all together.
Gonzalez fast style of play carries over to his offense. He shows an ability to be disciplined with pitches on the edges of the strike zone but he will get antsy and start hacking aggressively at times. He has good bat speed and can drive the ball, though not consistently.
As he learns to slow down at the plate, he projects to hit for a decent average with some gap power and 10-15 stolen bases a year. His offensive game won't be flashy, but it could be enough to support his nifty glove work at shortstop.
Performance Level Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB OBP% SLG% R
Gonzalez does not have any history of significant injury.
Gonzalez needs considerable physical and mental development to translate his raw tools to the field. He is often out of control in many phases of the game and must learn to control himself and understand the speed of the game. With time, he can develop into a solid all-around player that stands out more for his glove than his bat. The Tigers are likely to be patient with Gonzalez in 2013, possibly sending him to short-season Connecticut.
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